(descendants of Jebus), they were descended from the third son of Canaan (Genesis 10:16; 1 Chronicles 1:14). The actual people first appear in the invaluable report of the spies (Numbers 13:29). When Jabin organized his rising against Joshua, the Jebusites joined him (Joshua 11:3). “Jebus, which is Jerusalem,” lost its king in the slaughter of Beth-horon (Joshua 10:1, 5, 26, comp. Josh 12:10), was sacked and burned by the men of Judah (Judges 1:21) and its citadel finally scaled and occupied by David (2 Samuel 5:6). After this they emerge from the darkness but once, in the person of Araunah the Jebusite, “Araunah the king,” who appears before us in true kingly dignity in his well-known transaction with David (2 Samuel 24:23; 1 Chronicles 21:24-25).
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866).